Supporting over 16,000 cathedral and church buildings of The Church of England

Funding and Grants

First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund 2016-2018

On 16 March 2016 the Chancellor announced a two-year, £20 million extension to the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund. A full press release can be found here.

The second of two rounds for applications closed on 27 September 2016.

For additional information please contact:

Anne Locke: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 020 7898 1862

Becky Clark: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 020 7898 1888

What was the scheme for?

  1. To carry out necessary repair works to the fabric of the listed Anglican and Catholic cathedral churches in England. Repairs will have been identified by the architect or surveyor responsible for the cathedral. In the case of Anglican cathedrals this will usually be through the Quinquennial Inspection. Alternatively works may be recommended by the architect or surveyor in a statement of need. The works should be necessary to keep the building wind-proof and weather-tight, safe and open to the public.
  2. To carry out repairs to prevent further deterioration of the fabric of the listed building.
  3. To ensure the listed buildings are in a good and safe state of repair in order to host events commemorating WW1.

Who could apply?

Any listed Anglican or Catholic cathedral in England. Applications may be submitted by cathedral staff, clergy, or by an officially affiliated ‘Friends’ organisation.

Applications should be for a minimum of £10,000. There is no maximum grant limit but grants of more than £500,000 are likely to be exceptional.

How were applications assessed?

Applications for grants are assessed by an independent expert panel using the following criteria:

  1. Necessity of the repair and consideration of the further damage which might be caused by delay.
  2. The heritage significance of the listed building.
  3. Financial need. 

 

Cathedral Amenities Fund

Currently closed to new applications.

Cathedrals, abbeys and greater churches in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland which substantially date from before 1714 could apply for assistance with the preservation and improvement of the visual amenity of church buildings. 

Three categories of applications were considered:

  • Physical improvements - e.g. landscaping, planting, screening, floodlighting.
  • Conservation of memorials and features of artistic interest on the exterior of the building and in its immediate setting.
  • Enabling work - e.g. artistic competitions, ecology surveys.

What size were the grants?

Grants of between £10,000 and £80,000 were offered, with the last round of offers in December 2013.

For more information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Cathedrals Officer, T: 020 7898 1862.